¶ And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the
earth, and daughters were born unto them,
.2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
... daughters born We assume that sons were born to them also,
in fact the genealogies confirm this. And in the next verse, a similar
statement. The reason for the wording may be that men then were perceived
as active while the women were perceived as passive in this process.
Wives Compare 2co0614.
|.3 ¶ And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.||
always strive The message of warning for
the flood would end. It will likewise end for all of humanity is5716,
 The time of probation before the flood. Matthew comments on the people not being prepared mt2439.
¶ There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that,
when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children
to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
.5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
|4 - Giants We may expect that people who lived longer ge05 were also stronger and bigger.|
¶ And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and
it grieved him at his heart.
.7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
- Repented Not in the sense of doing wrong.
7 - Destroy man Notice that the verse doesn't say "allow man to die from natural consequences" although that may also have been so. We can also believe that the flood, although explainable to a great degree by geology, was an act of God. Also consider ez3311.
¶ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
.9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
- Grace Not exclusively a NT concept. See on de1401.
9 - Perfect Yes, at the time, but he had more to learn. See beginning at ge0920.
The Lord has grace for all, but not all apply it in their lives.
¶ The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled
.12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
¶ And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me;
for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will
destroy them with the earth.
.14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
- Make thee an ark As in the construction of the wilderness
sanctuary ex2508, God
gave specific instructions which were likely more detailed than here.
15 - Length It was a very large vessel.
And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy
all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every
thing that is in the earth shall die.
.18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
.19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
.21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
- Flood From mabbul indicating that the earth was
covered. It destroyed "all flesh." "above the earth," ge0717.
The word for local floods is different.
21 - Food ... gather This apparently minor part of preparing for the flood reveals that the food was "gathered." Noah and family did not catch and kill animals. Even what are now carnivorous animals had a plant diet. Even if we see chasing mice for the cats as "gathering," this clashes with what God is doing. The animals came into the ark guided, no doubt, by angels. No one had to catch or even herd them. Animals had been no doubt caught and eaten before the flood but this was contrary to God's plan as we see pictured in the new earth is6525.
|.22 ¶ Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.||And so may we.|